Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey! I’m Christian. I’m a 23 year old designer/photographer currently in my 6th year of architecture school at Boston Architectural College. I just drank too much coffee concerningly quickly and am about to put on some instrumentals and work on studio until my school closes tonight.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
I got interested in photography at around 13 when a friend of my father’s let me use his Olympus 35mm film camera in NYC. I shot a roll of black and white photos during the weekend and to this day some of my favorite photographs are from that roll. However throughout high school and my first few years of college I didn’t have a camera, and barely did any photography at all. After accidentally dropping my old flip phone in the Charles River in 2014, I bought an iPhone 4S which had a pretty decent camera on it and I started shooting almost every day. Between then and now it’s been an increasingly big part of my life.
How has becoming an Instagram influencer impacted your life or career?
Instagram is crazy! I started an account shortly after I got my iPhone a couple years ago and immediately started to see the wealth of inspiration and talent around the globe. I think the biggest impact it’s had for me is the connections I was able to make that otherwise may have never happened. Through that it’s not only opened up an incredible amount of opportunities for me in my personal and professional life, but it’s pushed me forward and helped me grow immensely in my craft and as a person.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to stay true to yourself. It’s easy to get so caught up and influenced by what everyone else is doing that you start to lose track of yourself and your own visions. You should be happy with your photographs before they’re surrounded by numbers, and numbers won’t change your photograph afterwards. Find what inspires you but never let that change you into something that isn’t true. Don’t be afraid to switch things up, try new things, or re-do old things. Always keep moving, but don’t force anything. Once you start to understand your own creative energy, the skills and technical aspects will fall into place naturally through time and practice.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Always remember it’s about moments, not bangers. Thanks for taking the time to hear my thoughts!
Instagram: @chrisventures | Website: christianborger.com